how were your holidays?

I’m back from North Carolina after a whirlwind six day visit. It was fun and exhausting. As always, it was a blast seeing friends and family. This years mantel was inspired by the asymmetrical garland that took Pinterest by storm. Obviously, it inspired me too but I didn’t DIY a thing. Dad ran to the Farmer’s Market and bought a beautiful garland for $12. I love the Farmer’s Market! I almost boycotted the entire endeavor. Dreaming up something new every holiday season is difficult. Some years I feel more creative than others. This was one of those years and I loved the results. Here’s the annual Christmas Eve fish fry photo. It’s one of my favorite traditions and this year it included my Uncle Mike and Debra. Usually they take off in the wee hours of the morning. It was a treat to have them as part of the fry squad. How was your holiday? Are you glad to be...
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gift guide | home

The holiday shopping frenzy has officially begun and holy moly, did you see people spent nine billion in the last couple of days?! I’ve finished my shopping but if you aren’t done, here’s my gift guide for 2019! I’m envisioning wire mesh bowl on my new counter tops (photos coming in 2020. #workinprogress) holding alllll the fruit we use for smoothies. $48 This velvet pillow with contrasting trim! #idie $115 I’m obsessed with all things cashmere. A cashmere throw for winter snuggling seems  à propos. $315 If I played games, I’d totally play backgammon just so I could own this colorful set!...
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before and after | the master bath at 1623 New Jersey Ave, NW

I love a “before and after”! The master bath at 1623 New Jersey Ave, NW is a wonderful example how a little investment can turn into a big return. The original master bathroom was very 2006. It needed updating to appeal to today’s buyers. Interior design is one of my interests and when the opportunity arose to redo this bath, I jumped on it! Immediately, I knew the tile had to be updated. Grey remains a huge design trend which is why I chose to use a grey floor tile with white subway tile in the shower and around the tub. Instead of the typical white or grey vanity, I picked a natural colored maple vanity. I also didn’t want to stray too far from the design in the rest of the house. The grey I used on the bathroom floor mimicked the grey staircase. The vanity was the same tones as the hardwood floors throughout the house. Buyers want bathrooms to look updated but not too funky. The most expensive part of the upgrade was the custom double vanity. I didn’t want to move any plumbing because it’s expensive. While the seller agreed to make upgrades, they didn’t want to spend a million dollars. The size of the vanity needed for the space wasn’t standard. I considered one vanity that wasn’t custom but it was backordered  6 months!! Instead, I had a custom maple, double sink vanity designed with a white quartz countertop. Quartz is one of my favorite materials for bathrooms and kitchens. It’s durable and it looks sleek. I am so pleased with the final result! I’m positive it was one of the reasons the house went under contract so...
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happy valentine’s day!

hope you’re having a wonderful valentine’s...
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cheers to the new year!

Hello and happy 2019! Hopefully you had an amazing holiday season and new year. I spent mine enjoying family, friends and getting over my cold. It was fun and exhausting. I’m happy to be back in DC although I’ve been out or working since I returned. It’s a great way to begin 2019!...
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ciao bella!

After a tumultuous Spring selling season (that’s not over yet. aiyiyi), I need a break. I’m off to Florence, Italy for an epic girl’s trip. There’s 8 of us renting a gorgeous villa outside of Florence. I’ve renting a mini van to tote us around the countryside. Let the adventures begin. I.can.not.wait. Ciao!...
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first dc wise fundraiser next week!

Please join DC Wise for our Georgetown Shopping Event on April 26th from 6-8:30 pm. It’s the first fundraiser in 2018 and we’re super excited that rag & bone AND hu’s shoes | hu’s wear are participating. Bubbles, bites and shopping is never a bad combo, right?...
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life lately

Why hello there and happy 2018! It’s been a while, right? Despite the freezing temperatures, I’ve been kicking around town. I went to dinner at my friends place. (Amazing view from their condo, right?) Saw some shows at the 9:30 Club. (this was Mø & Cashmere Cat. Loved Mø. Think I’m way too old to appreciate Cashmere Cat. Lesson learned). Drank espresso and grabbed snacks for a cheese and charcuterie plate at the newly revamped Cork Restaurant & Market (which is so damn cute it’s unreal and I really, really love this tile). Checked out Gaslight Tavern, the latest bar/restaurant in the ‘hood. It opened Monday. I read about it a couple of weeks ago and since it was my Mr.’s birthday, it seemed like an opportune time to give it a...
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happy new year!

Happy New...
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happy holidays!

Wishing you and yours a joyful holiday...
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